From The Lincoln Journal -- "I was very pleased, especially with the numbers -- we've never taken that many freshmen and sophomores to camp before," said Larry Campbell, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at LCHS.
Forty-eight sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and 18 freshmen day-campers, participated in football camp held Monday, July 29, thru Thursday, August 1 at LCHS.
"Overall, this was one of our better camps," Campbell stated. "Because we are so young, there was a lot of enthusiasm. I was also impressed with the boys' work ethic - it was super for such a young football team."
While the large number of underclassmen is a big plus, it also means that the Red Devils will be running light on experience this year. "With only seven seniors returning, this will be a rebuilding season for us," according to Coach Campbell. "The good news is that we will get much better as we go along. In fact, the team has already shown improvement over last year."
The seven returning seniors are Gerald Goldman, Terrell Elam, Jesse Zellars, Terrance Norman, Joey Tutt, Bobby Tutt, and Mel Partridge.
An elbow injury will keep Partridge out of action at least two-to-four weeks and give the starting quarterback position to a sophomore.
This season the starting line-up will include four seniors, a few juniors, and at least 6 sophomores and one freshman. In other comments, Coach Campbell discussed both the team's strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths include the sheer number of players, improvements made by wide receivers, and the leadership exhibited during camp by the small group of seniors and some of the experienced juniors. "They helped us have some good practices despite the intense heat," the coach said.
The team's weaknesses include a lack of experience at running back, in the secondary, and probably at quarterback.
LCHS scrimmaged Greenbrier this past Thursday, and will scrimmage Class AAAAA Evans in Columbia County August 22.